November 20, 2018
Aiming to encourage the further development of the machine parts and tooling industry, a key industry that bolsters the manufacturing (monodzukuri) industry in Japan, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) designated every November as “Machine Parts and Tooling Month,” and has been holding a variety of events intensively during the month to disseminate and raise public awareness of achievements of the industry.
As part of this effort, METI will showcase award-winning products and technologies of the Machine Parts and Tooling Technology Award in 2017 and 2018 from November 26 (Mon.) to December 14 (Fri.), 2018 in lobby of the METI main building, for the first time since the award program was established.
Machine parts and tooling, products which processed and/or manufactured from materials, have been indispensable for our daily lives since ancient times. Even after arrival of the present amid new, advanced technologies, such products possess unlimited potential.
Japan’s machine parts and tooling boast outstanding quality and performance, and the production quantity thereof marks a high international ranking. Demand for Japan’s outstanding machine parts and tooling lies in ceaseless efforts by Japanese companies in the industry for technical development and on-site improvement in the creation of quality products.
Examples of machine parts and tooling
Abrasion plates for braking systems
of Shinkansen bullet trains
1. Outline of the awards program
The Machine Parts and Tooling Technology Awards are a time-honored program inaugurated in FY1985 aiming to contribute to development of the machine parts and tooling industry in Japan by honoring developers of technologies dramatically contributing to advancement and improvement of technological levels for the machine parts and tooling industries of Japan through their development of outstanding products and technologies. In particular, METI has been honoring a developer of the most outstanding technology with the METI Minister’s Award, the only award in the academia and industry concerning machine parts and tooling in Japan.
Photos of the FY2018 awards
Honoring the winner with the METI Minister’s Award
Honoring the winner with the SMEA Commissioner’s Award
Honoring the winner with the Director-General’s Award of the Manufacturing Industries Bureau
2. List of the winners of the awards
(1) METI Minister’s Award (one winner)
Title of developed technology: Development of molds for casting aluminum using inorganic binder agents and recycling technologies thereof
Winner: Mr. Hironobu Watanabe and seven other personnel, Toyota Motor Corporation
(2) SMEA Commissioner’s Award (one winner)
Title of developed technology: Development of manufacturing processes with dramatically-short delivery time involving cast-iron and cast-copper products using 3D printers for sand molds
Winner: Mr. Kazutoshi Kimura and five other personnel, Kimura Foundry Co., Ltd.
(3) Director-General’s Award of the Manufacturing Industries Bureau (one winner)
Title of developed technology: Development of a technology for heat processing by vacuum carburization with low strain rates involving parts of variable compression-ratio engines
Winner: Mr. Shinichiro Fujikawa and five other personnel, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
(4) President’s Award of the Sokeizai Center (three winners)
Title of developed technology: Development of a technology for molding titanium fuel-tanks for mass production of two-wheeled vehicles
Winner: Mr. Tetsu Kawakami and five other personnel, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation
Title of developed technology: Development of a technology for molding high-performance parts with super high tension-strength to make a continuous flange
Winner: Mr. Ryuichi Nishimura and four other personnel, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation
Title of developed technology: Development of a method for low-pressure casting of sand molds involving aluminum alloy casting in SiC40 vol%
Winner: Mr. Takahiro Hayase and two other personnel, Tajima Light Metal Co., Ltd.
3. Outline of the Machine Parts and Tooling Month
The Machine Parts and Tooling Month aims to vitalize the machine parts and tooling industries and raise public understanding of the industry and manufacturing (monodzukuri). Since METI designated every November as Machine Parts and Tooling Month, it has been holding a variety of events and occasions during the month. This year’s Machine Parts and Tooling Month will be the 24th since its inauguration in 1995.
Division in Charge
Machine Parts and Tooling Industries Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau